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Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

July 11, 2018 1:33 pm

Saudi Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem from Jordan signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi...

June 25, 2018 1:25 pm

The Moroccan Protests: A New Model After the Arab Spring?

Mounting anger and discontent is simmering across the Arab world, much as it did in the run-up to the 2011 Arab Spring popular revolts that...

June 14, 2018 8:49 am

The 2018 World Cup Could Become the Middle East’s Latest Battlefield

The simultaneous presence in Russia of the Saudi and Iranian teams for the 2018 World Cup is likely to shine a spotlight on the covert...

June 7, 2018 9:49 am

Protests in Jordan: Revisiting the Arab Spring

The recent protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis have shed new light on the root...

May 24, 2018 4:21 pm

China Is Treading a Fine Line in Iran

Now that Donald Trump has exited the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, there is more at stake for the other signatories than either their...

May 23, 2018 3:04 pm

Saudi-Moroccan Soccer Spat Symbolizes the New Arab Politics

The spat over Saudi Arabia’s refusal to support a Moroccan bid to host the 2026 World Cup tells the tale of the rise of individual nationalism at...

April 15, 2018 7:47 am

Saudi Moderation? Prince Mohammed Is on Shaky Ground

No doubt, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent reforms in Saudi Arabia have benefited women and created social opportunity with the introduction of modern forms of...

March 21, 2018 1:26 pm

The Middle East’s Nuclear Technology Clock Is Ticking

Concerns about a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race are being fueled by uncertainty over the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement; a seeming US willingness...

March 12, 2018 2:54 pm

Arab Countries Leverage Lucrative Nuclear Contracts for Power

A clause that commits South Korean troops to come to the UAE’s defense in the event of a crisis offers insight into the security concerns...

March 1, 2018 4:06 pm

China Steps Into the Middle East Maelstrom

Beijing’s abandonment of non-interference in foreign conflicts has been vividly illustrated by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan -- as...

January 17, 2018 1:49 pm

Iranian Protests Reveal Leadership Fault Lines in the Muslim World

The responses by major Sunni Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the recent anti-government protests in Iran demonstrated that none of...

January 11, 2018 1:10 pm

US-Saudi Nuclear Talks: A Middle East Barometer?

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was perhaps most challenging for the Saudis, who, as custodians of Islam’s two holiest cities,...

January 3, 2018 1:34 pm

Iranian Protests Raise Tricky Questions for US and Saudi Policymakers

If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s checkered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him to embark on yet...

January 2, 2018 9:56 am

Betting on the Wrong Horse? US — and Iranian Hardliners — Spin Anti-Government Protests

For Iranian hardliners, the joker in the pack is what US President Donald  Trump decides to do with the 2015 international agreement that put curbs...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


Fragile Ceasefire Holds After Hamas Kills IDF Soldier, Israel Launches Majo...

A truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip, was largely holding on Saturday a day after...

Middle East

Xi’s Visit to UAE Highlights China’s Rising Interest in Middle ...

China and the United Arab Emirates signed a raft of financial, business and trade agreements on Friday during a visit...